Several months ago I decided I was going to build a cedar strip canoe. I picked up Canoecaraft from Bear Mountain Boats and decided on the 15’ Ranger. I drew out the station molds in October and then had to wait until after Christmas before I could start making any sawdust. In the last two weeks I have made the strongback and have just about finished the forms. I set the forms up on the strongback with spring clamps and then checked the entire area to be stripped for any high spo...
As we demonstrate the Design/Inlay Kit across the country we gain countless hours of experience and hear great ideas from others who have this product as well. With this blog series, I will try to share as many hints and ideas as I can. One thing we get asked for a lot are additional templates with different design or inlay windows. While there aren’t any templates available from Milescraft, they have posted some directions on how to create your own templates out of plywood or pla...
The Great Garage Reorganization and Shop Improvement Act #4: Let there be light! ...and lumber storage.
When autumn came and I started working in the garage with the doors closed, I realized how little light I have with the new shop arrangement. I started by putting up an eight foot long florescent fixture (4-four foot T12 bulbs) over the table saw/jointer area figuring I would re-evaluate where I needed light after that was up. Then my neighbor tells me he can get me some eight foot long fixtures from his company since they were closing down a factory. So I ended up getting 3-eight fo...
Dropped by the local weekend flea market on Sunday, just thought I’d kill a few minutes sharing some of the goodies I picked up…. (thats right, its “sharing” not “bragging” lol!) A B&D twin-screw benchtop clamping thingy I got for $4, looks damn handy, tho those metal jaws are pretty ragged, figure prolly remove em and either sand down the plastic jaws smooth or epoxy on some hardwood ones. .... A Craftsman benchtop router table, got it fo...
The response to yesterday’s blog, “I Suck”, was tremendous. The number of views went way up. I can only assume that there were a great number of people who agree whole heartedly, and likely have had this opinion for some time. When they saw the title, they were eager to revel in my realization, of that which they had always known. The comments were wonderful. I responded to a number of them and I looked up a lot of the products that people suggested. I am much smarter today. Thanks...
It’s the JET – JSG-96CS: 6’’ x 48’’ Belt / 9’’ Disc Sander w/ Closed Stand, 3/4HP 1Ph, 115V. It arrived by pallet in two boxes: Right away the 3/4HP motor and belt seemed bigger than I’d imagined this past year or two (this has been on my wishlist for awhile now). I had even scaled up my mental image, but it was still bigger than I thought: The closed stand is a very thick sheet metal, and heavier than I expected. It was a...
I’ve made a sketch-up model of what I hope it will look like in the future. I’ll share those views with you. The shop teacher said they are finishing the other garage and will be working on mine next week! yipeeee, I will continue to take pictures when the construction gets started.
A 8 in.dia.plate turned from old barn siding.Lacquer finish. Woodburning on rim.
Ok so looking at my past blogs it has taken me almost an entire year to get to the point of having 3 complete pieces of furniture complete d and put into my office. So much for the mid-summer concept :(Oh well, I just completed and posted my 2nd bookcase. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/28240My first one the taller version is here: http://lumberjocks.com/projects/20410 I made the 2nd one shorter to be able to use the top for display. They like my desk and hutch wer made entirely of dimensi...
OK, This is by no means an expert guide to making rings, as I’m only in week-1 of making them ! .but right now here is what i do, this is fairly comprehensive tutorial for a beginner (and by a beginner!) . its mostly self-explanatory by the pics, but i went and explained anyway.. i begin by sizing a blank about 1/2” thick x 1-1/2 wide, and long enough to cut off several squares cut them off on my band saw (God i love my bandsaw!, Minimax MM16,bought used for a Song!)the cu...
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